Dial back the clock three years ago, and you’ll find me searching for the answers to how to become a successful blogger online.
Fast forward to today, and I’ve successfully built an audience, acquired clients, and traveled the world while doing it. Indeed, I have lived the blogging dream everyone tries to sell you.
What this article aims to do is tell you 22 truths about becoming a successful Blogger in 2020 that most people won’t. Here we go.
- You’re Never Behind, but Only Ever Late. Get this: No other writer is necessarily better than you. Instead, they’ve simply been doing it longer. Put in the hours, and you can stand alongside your heroes.
- “A professional is an amateur who never quit.” -Richard Bach
- Forget Inspiration. It’s not “inspiration” that you should be after, but instead a habit. As English author, Somerset Maugham has said, “I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately, it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”
- Consistency Is the Hallmark of Achievement. Just writing one or two articles isn’t really going to do anything for you. You have to produce a volume of work.
- Making an Impact Is the Only Metric That Matters. Forget about word counts, dollars, or views. Instead, focus on making an impact, and the rest will follow.
- “When you create incredible value for others, you have the right to make as much money as you want.” -Benjamin P. Hardy
- Views Are No Reflection of Quality. Many terrible articles can generate thousands of views. Likewise, hundreds of great ones get zero. It’s not necessarily about being perfect; it’s about writing something that people want to read.
- Every Article Is a Fresh Start. You can’t get too caught up on the results of one. Good or bad, the next is started from another blank page.
- Most of Your Articles Will Be a Total Flop. The 80/20 rule is true: 80% of your results will come from 20% of your work. So, don’t give up! Trust that the 20% is coming.
- No One Is Going to Care More about Your Success than You. If you want to make it as a blogger, you’ve got to take 100% responsibility for that. No website, publication, or platform is going to do it for you.
- “The moment you accept total responsibility for EVERYTHING in your life is the day you claim the power to change ANYTHING in your life.” -Hal Elrod
- Never Rely on a Single Platform. You’ll either learn it now. Or you’ll learn it the hard way. When it comes to making money online, the baskets aren’t often reliable, and I wouldn’t be putting all my eggs in one.
- The 5 Best Ways to Make Money as a Blogger in 2020. 1) Revenue Sharing 2) Products and courses. 3) Consulting and coaching. 4) Freelancing. 5) Affiliate marketing.
- A Few Good Clients Will Pay You More than Many Bad Ones. In freelancing, don’t confuse quantity with quality. Striving to do less for more is a totally reasonable goal.
- If They Won’t Pay Your Price, It’s Not Worth Your Time. Let potential clients know your rate upfront. If they don’t accept it, don’t take the communications any further.
- Blogging Is a Viable Career. When you tell most people you’re a blogger, they’ll think that’s a synonym for being unemployed. However, if you get your income streams right, then you don’t have to be a starving artist.
- A Website will Be One of Your Most Valuable Assets. Having your own domain gives you a lot more freedom on the internet. While it should also become a home for everything you do around your business.
- There’s No Reason Not to Have an Email List. You should be connecting with your audience by email, there are too many benefits not to. Start on Mailchimp, it’s free!
- Learn SEO. It might take a week, but it’ll open up many more doors.
- Your Best Marketing is Your Work. Good writing speaks for itself. If you want marketing that pays for itself, consistently put out quality work.
- If There’s No Passion, There’s No Point. If your heart isn’t in writing but just after quick a buck, then blogging isn’t for you. There are many better ways to make an income online.
- If Blogging Was Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It. Don’t be misled. Making a career in blogging won’t be easy. However, it will be worth it. The question is: How bad do you really want it?